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Report from the International Builders Show: Plastic continues to edge out slate, wood

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 20th, 2011

Roofing shingles, siding, decking, and railing molded from virgin plastics, a combination of virgin and recycled plastics, and plastics and natural fillers are all popular options in the building and construction world. For example, InSpire Roofing Products, a Tapco Group company, introduced its next-generation premium roofing products that combine the natural beauty found in slate along with what it calls the most technologically advanced methods and materials.

All about prototyping: Website offers information and more

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 20th, 2011

Processors interested in rapid prototyping have a new source of information to turn to online, PrototypeToday.com. Although still a start-up, the site already has an active forum where readers share tips and questions. It also has been updated with a free online prototyping directory and job board.

Bioplastics supplier Novamont establishes North American headquarters

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 20th, 2011

Novamont S.p.A., the Italian maker of bioplastics and compostable materials, has a new North American home with the opening of Novamont North America Inc. (Danbury, CT). Tony Gioffre, president of the newly formed Novamont North America said in a release that North American composting market has grown significantly over the past decade, and is now "ready to make a big step forward due to higher environmental sensitivity, and increased attention on the economics of waste diversion."

Stress cracks no longer an issue in LCP connector

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 19th, 2011

Japanese connector manufacturer JST Corp. has selected a Vectra liquid crystal polymer (LCP) from Ticona Engineering Polymers (Kelsterbach, Germany) to solve weldline and cracking issues in a Secure Digital (SD) connector product.

Plastic extends steel pipeline lifetimes in Middle East

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 19th, 2011

Internal corrosion of steel pipelines is a major hazard in the oil and gas sector due to the high level of environmental costs and implications of spillage of oil or contaminated water. Regular replacement of the pipelines, however, leads to high costs for the operator.

Automotive outlook is up, but the landscape has changed

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 19th, 2011

The Original Equipment Supplier Assn.'s (OESA) January 2011 Automotive Supplier Barometer Outlook index jumped to 71 from a level of 61 in the November 2010 survey. This is just two points less than the 73 Supplier Barometer Outlook index in January 2010. It appears that the outlook is always brightest in January. In fact, the see-saw pattern than plagued 2010 finally broke with the January index, as the responses shifted significantly from "unchanged" to "somewhat more optimistic," pushing the index higher, said the OESA's report.

Green packaging projected to grow

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 19th, 2011

U.S. demand for green packaging-composed of recycled content, reusable, and degradable packaging-is projected to increase 3.9% yearly to $14.7 billion in 2014, consuming 58 billion lb of material, according to a new report, "Green Packaging," from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland, OH-based industry market research firm.

Hilex Poly settles T-shirt bag IP suit with Sigma Plastics subsidiaries

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 19th, 2011

Hilex Poly Co. LLC (Hartsville, SC) has settled two lawsuits with Sigma Plastic Group subsidiaries regarding its E-Z-Open intellectual property. Omega Plastics Corp. (Lyndhurst, NJ) and Omega Extruding Corp. (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) have purchased a license from Hilex Poly to utilize the technology as part of the settlement.

TPE North American resin prices, Jan. 10-14: PE mixed; PP up $0.01/lb; propylene contracts settle $0.17/lb higher

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 18th, 2011

Market overview: The spot resin markets continued to experience heightened trading activity in the face of steep price increase nominations. Spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE) noted that material offerings were heavy last week, with overall spot prices mixed. Numerous processors entered into the market, but generally sought low volumes of material, as they wait and see how contract prices ultimately settle.

Nissei debuts vertical hybrids

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 18th, 2011

Nissei Plastic Industrial Co. (Nagano, Japan) offers processors a total of 19 machine configurations in its all-new TNX Series of hybrid vertical-injection molding machines debuting this month.

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